Catalan giants, Barcelona were yesterday night confirmed as the LaLiga champions for the 2022/2023 season for the first time in four seasons.
The Catalans defeated Espanyol 4-2 to be crowned winners of the Spanish top flight for the first time since 2019.
Africa Today News, New York reports that it is the 27th time the Blaugrana have won the Spanish top flight crown — only Madrid have won it more times (35) — and the first since Xavi Hernandez took charge at the end of 2021.
Polish international, Robert Lewandowski scored twice, while Alejandro Balde and Jules Kounde also got on the scoresheet.
The win takes Barcelona to 85 points from 34 fixtures.
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Xavi Hernandez’s men are 14 points clear of rivals Real Madrid with four rounds of matches left.
‘It is a magnificent feeling, one of getting the job done well,’ Xavi said. ‘This started in July. It is 10 months of hard work and sacrifice. It felt like the moment tonight. There had been criticism about giving the players five days off which didn’t sit well, but it served us well.
‘The fans deserve this. The players, too. There has also been a titanic effort from the president to build a strong squad. Winning the title with four games left shows we have been much stronger than the rest [of the league], much stronger. It is a huge credit to the team.
‘I am very happy, very proud to win the league title.’
Barca won the league eight times between 2009 and 2019 as part of a golden era led by Lionel Messi but had failed to win it in the last three seasons.
Last year, the first without Messi following his move to Paris Saint-Germain, saw them end the campaign 13 points behind eventual winners Madrid.